A's manager Bob Melvin said he hasn't settled on a closer for the 2021 season, but the A's might have found their man Thursday when they agreed to a one-year, $11 million contract with Trevor Rosenthal, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported, citing sources.
According to Passan, Rosenthal chose the A's one-year deal over some multi-year offers due to the high salary and save opportunities he will get in Oakland.
Last season, Rosenthal appeared in 23 games split between the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres. The right-hander recorded 11 saves with a 1.90 ERA and a 0.845 WHIP. The A's lost closer Liam Hendriks to the Chicago White Sox this offseason, so adding Rosenthal will give them a proven closer at the back end of their bullpen.
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Rosenthal wasn't the only move the A's made Thursday, as Passan also reported Oakland came to terms with veteran first baseman Mitch Moreland on a one-year contract.
Last season, Moreland hit .265 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 42 games between the Boston Red Sox and Padres.
Moreland should be a nice bench piece for Melvin who can DH and spell Matt Olson at first base.